my friend L is an artist. by this i mean that she paints great pictures but even more importantly she carries ideas and feelings about beauty, colour and form in the natural world deep inside her and they inform what she does and how she sees things and how she lives.
L recently painted the wall at the bottom of her garden. the technique she used is called trompe d'oeil. edith hope wrote about this recently. it means literally deception for the eye, or optical illusion.
a lovely garden has been transformed into a magical space. like alice, we can glimpse the world on the other side of the glass. and also like alice we probably need to be in a dream state to enter that intriguing tantalizing otherworld.